Crucial 72-hour limit passes after Taiwan quake

Rescuers comb Taiwan quake rubble for remaining 7 missingMore

The missing five tourists, including one child, come from Beijing and are believed to be trapped in the Yun Men Tusi Ti building.

After hours of painstaking search efforts, Taiwanese rescue workers pulled two more bodies from the flattened remains of a hotel Friday, bringing the death toll from a deadly 6.4-magnitude quake to 12.

Taiwan authorities are continuing their search for 5 Chinese people who were in a building damaged by this week's quake. The injured included mainland Chinese, Czech, Japanese, Singaporean and South Korean nationals.

After the natural disaster late Tuesday night, a family of five from the Chinese mainland were still trapped in the rubble as of 4 p.m. Friday. The quake also buckled roads and disrupted electricity and water supplies to thousands of households.

"The rescue mission was difficult as the space is narrow but rescuers continued to work hard and finally found the couple", a government statement said.

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Other buildings slanted at alarming degrees and rescuers used ladders, ropes and cranes to move residents to safety.

De Castro's aunt, Mary Jane Albano-Abig of Barangay Banguian in Abulug town, said her niece was the only breadwinner in the family.

The Canadian government on Saturday sent its condolences to the victims of Tuesday's strong quake in Hualien, after a Canadian couple trapped in a partially collapsed building were confirmed dead a day earlier.

Another magnitude 5.7-quake took place near Hualien on Wednesday, the Government said, the same area as the day before and where recovery efforts were ongoing.

Taiwan's President Tsai Ing-wen visited those sheltering in schools and other sites as a safeguard against repeated aftershocks.

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Bridges and some highways along Taiwan's east coast were closed pending inspections.

"We hope local people will overcome the difficulties and rebuild their homes at an early date", he said.

The magnitude 6.4 quake, which struck around 11:50 p.m. Tuesday roughly 18 kilometers northeast of the coastal city of Hualien, has claimed at least 10 lives and injured more than 270 people.

Taiwan has frequent earthquakes due to its position along the "Ring of Fire", the seismic faults encircling the Pacific Ocean where most of the world's earthquakes occur. Five people involved in constructing the complex were found guilty of negligence and given prison sentences.

Taiwan has frequent earthquakes, a lot of them minor, but a 1999 quake killed more than 2,300 people and was Taiwan's worst recent natural disaster.

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